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Growing a H. moscheutos from a cutting?

Paul MI
4 months ago

So my folks have a Hibiscus Lord Baltimore that is getting muscled out by a couple of pines. I can't dig it out because of the tree roots. So last year, my dad tried to get cuttings to root. He did, but each cutting only had one or two thin roots by summer's end. In northern Michigan this hybrid H. moscheutos typically doesn't "wake up" until late June or early July. The cuttings my dad had never survived the winter. My suspicion is that it had not had enough time to develop a large enough root system to make it. (The growing season is only a few months up there with frosts commonly beginning in mid Sept.) I was wondering if I take a cutting and -- assuming I can get some roots -- can keep it alive and growing through the winter, perhaps next spring it could get planted out in a new spot in their yard. It would then have more time to establish a stronger root system. Should this be "doable" or will the dormancy be impossible to stave off for one winter?

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